Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 2 - Setting Up the Rocha House

Eduardo Rocha's Rocha House 2 - Setting Up the Rocha House

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Eduardo shows the set up to his position, the Rocha House. From closed guard, he makes the classic collar and sleeve grips, and escapes his hips so his feet are resting on his opponent's hips, and his knee is against the shoulder. Now he opens his elbow and extends his hips to create tension on his opponent's arm. Now he is in position to attack with his Rocha House series.


Inside the University 312 - Sweep to Counter the Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 312 - Sweep to Counter the Knee Cut Pass

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James Puopolo shows a counter he uses to sweep his opponents when they try to pass with the knee cut. While playing the open guard, James' opponent stuffs his foots between his legs, so James makes a grip on the pants and turns his hips, making a reverse De La Riva hook. His opponent still goes for the knee cut pass, so James uses his energy to lift him. He swings his leg to sit up and attack the single leg on his opponent, finishing the sweep and ending up on top.

Inside the University 306 - Collar Drag to the Back

Inside the University 306 - Collar Drag to the Back

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Xande prefers to do the collar drag when he also has sleeve control, however, in his most recent fight with Felipe Pena, he had an opportunity for the collar drag without having sleeve control. Using the same principles as the last technique, Xande emphasizes the importance of going for the drag when your opponent is backing away from you. He breakdowns the situation in which Pena was trying to pass his guard, but at one point he backed away, giving Xande the opportunity to hit the collar drag.

Inside the University 305 - Collar and Sleeve Drag to the Back

Inside the University 305 - Collar and Sleeve Drag to the Back

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Xande is playing the open guard with the cross collar and same side sleeve grips. His opponent is gripping his belt, so Xande pushes at his hips with his feet, and pulls to break the grip. This gives him space to drag the collar and sleeve to the side, and kicking the hip allows him to escape his hips to the other side. Now his opponent's back is open for him to climb up and take it.

Xande's Omoplata Series 6 - Hot Dog Roll Sweep

Xande's Omoplata Series 6 - Hot Dog Roll Sweep

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Starting with the omoplata, again Xande's opponent puts his knee on the belly. With his outside hand, Xande grabs the belt, and he swims his other arm under the ankle and wraps up the leg. Now he straightens his legs, brings his outside arm up and rolls over his side, landing on his stomach. He pushes himself up to his knees, where he can finish a wrist lock or move to side control or mount.

Inside The University 293 - Reverse De La Riva to X-Guard Sweep

Inside The University 293 - Reverse De La Riva to X-Guard Sweep

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Again, Xande starts in the reverse De La Riva guard, bumps his opponent forward and sets up the single leg X-guard, but this time his opponent defends the sweep. Xande now swings his outside leg back underneath his opponent and sets up the X-guard hooks. From here, he can either drop his bottom hook behind the heel and sweep backwards, or stretch both hooks and sit up for the sweep.

Inside The University 292 - Reverse De La Riva to Single Leg X-Guard Sweep

Inside The University 292 - Reverse De La Riva to Single Leg X-Guard Sweep

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Xande starts in the reverse De La Riva and bumps his opponent forward, as he did before. He moves his hook to push the hip, his other leg goes underneath the near leg and his foot goes on the hip, and he breaks his opponent's posture with a heavy collar grip. He removes his foot off the far hip, and his opponent reacts by coming back over him, so Xande elevates his hips to sweep him backwards.

Inside The University 290 - Reverse De La Riva to Z-Guard Sweep

Inside The University 290 - Reverse De La Riva to Z-Guard Sweep

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Xande starts in a reverse De La Riva guard, gripping the collar and ankle, and uses his hook to kick his opponent forward. When his opponent is off balance, Xande releases the collar grip to under hook the leg, and turns to his side, dropping his legs to make the Z-guard. With the leg tight to his body, he pushes the knee with his top leg to knock his opponent back. Now he can come up to finish the sweep.

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 9 - Open Guard Sweep set up from Collar Drag

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 9 - Open Guard Sweep set up from Collar Drag

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In Xande's final match at Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, he pulled guard and started trying to work his sweeps. He ended up in a seated guard position where he went for a collar drag. His opponent reacted by stepping his leg and maintaining his standing position, so Xande instinctively pulled himself underneath his opponent. While controlling both legs, Xande swung one leg around his opponent's leg and put his foot on the hip, and his other foot hooked behind his butt. From here, Xande pulled the legs and pushed the hips to sweep his opponent and establish top position.

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 6 - Double Guard Pull to X-Pass

Xande's World Masters and Grand Slam 2016 Review 6 - Double Guard Pull to X-Pass

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In his first fight in the absolute division, Xande fought Formiga, and knew he would pull guard, so Xande also pulled, landing in the double guard pull position. As Formiga pulled Xande's lapel, Xande grabbed his pants on the inside leg, stood up at an angle and immediately passed with the X-pass. Formiga turned away to try to escape, and Xande was able to control him and step over to the mount, where he set up other attacks.

Inside The University 277 - Collar and Sleeve Grip Arm Drag

Inside The University 277 - Collar and Sleeve Grip Arm Drag

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Xande starts in the seated guard with the collar and sleeve grip. When his opponent tries to pull his arm back, Xande redirects the arm to the inside, across his body, and at the same time pushes the knee back with his foot. His opponent falls and now he can attack the back.

Inside The University 276 - Open Elbow Arm Drag

Inside The University 276 - Open Elbow Arm Drag

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Again from the seated guard, Xande has the collar grip and his foot in the hip. This time when he is ready to drag the arm, he brings his other hand off the mat to grab the triceps, and pull with both arms as he lays back. His opponent's elbow opens as he is dragged, and Xande can take the back as he did before, or sometimes the omoplata is there for him to take as well.